Category: Science

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Creating a Space Force Could Trigger an Off-World Arms Race

A small LED starts flashing in a dark room crowded with server racks, desks, and office chairs. On a glowing wall of monitors, lines of hundreds of tiny dots appear, mapping out the trajectory of a satellite currently orbiting the Earth. “It’s Kanopus-V-IK again,” mumbles a bored Space Force surveillance...

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Long-range forecasts: how are Climate Outlooks made?

Climate outlooks, also called long-range forecasts, tell us which way our weather will lean over the coming months or seasons: Wetter or drier than usual, hotter or colder, or no strong push either way. So, what information goes into them and how are they made?
Climate outlooks can be powerful tools to help you...

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Pine marten spotted in Kielder forest for first time in 90 years

Fearsome predator was extinct in England but Scottish relatives have crossed the border and set up home in NorthumberlandThe pine marten, a fearsome but diminutive predator driven to extinction in England, has returned to the country’s largest forest for the first time since 1926.Stills and video from a camera trap have...

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What do physicists mean when they talk about nothing?

Philosophers have debated the nature of "nothing" for thousands of years, but what has modern science got to say about it? In an interview with The Conversation, Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal and Emeritus Professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics at the University of Cambridge, explains that when physicists talk...